Point Cabrillo Light Station, Mendocino

Must see · State Park · Nature / Park
began operation in 1909 and, despite many threats to its preservation, continues to serve sailors today. The state historic park that houses the lighthouse boasts several historical buildings and wide Pacific Ocean views. You can access the light station buildings via two walks. The easier of the two starts at the south end of the parking lot and is paved. The dirt path located at the north end traverses grassland and coastal prairie. By the lighthouse, you can find three restored lightkeeper homes, one of which has been transformed into a period museum. Its artifacts and displays illustrate the lighthouse's history and provide a glimpse of local history. Make Point Cabrillo Light Station a centerpiece of your Mendocino vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Mendocino travel tool.
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  • The lighthouse is worth a visit. The walk from the parking lot to the lighthouse is about .5 mile and an easy walk. The 3 staff houses onsite were interesting. I thought that lightkeepers lived in...  more »
  • Nice walk from the parking area- but you can also drive the 0.5 mile down the road- which is advisable if the weather is poor.  more »
  • We had a lovely walk from the parking area to the lighthouse. The original homes with painted red roofs are charming and the views of the ocean are breathtaking. The docent provided us with the...  more »
  • This was a great place to visit a little ways off the highway but worth the side drive. Be ready for a decent walk down a paved road to get there unless you have a handicap placard then you are allowed to drive down the road and end up around 100 yards from the light station. It is very well set up for handicap and disabled. They do ask for a donation to go into the light station but no required. There is a nice very small museum and gift shop inside. My family and i had a great time.
  • Long walk to the lighthouse, but worth the trip. You can also rent the keepers houses, which seems nice! Lots of trails along the cliffs and views are incredible!
  • Interesting but deserted. Museum opens at 11 am. Unfortunately I was there at 9 am. Rentals available here for vacations. Well kept with many coastal trails.
  • Beautiful walk, coastal views, and just a good place to get some zen (if their isn't a field trip that day). That being said, it's a great place to take kids. There are a few exhibits at the lighthouse that talk about the ocean ecosystem and the light house. Exhibit was a little underwhelming as an adult but interesting nonetheless. Really lovely flat hike in but it is also possible to drive up closer if that isn't your thing.
  • It's so pretty... You can rent houses and they have stunning views. The trails are well worn in most places, though signage would be a little more helpful on the less foot traveled areas. Recommend it for the view and pictures.

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